Office of Sustainability

Working to improve quality of life in Philadelphia by providing environmental, equity, economic, and health benefits for all.

Office of Sustainability

What we do

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future.

OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:

  • Accessible food and drinking water
  • Healthy outdoor and indoor air
  • Clean and efficient energy
  • Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
  • Quality natural resources
  • Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
  • Zero Waste
  • Engaged students, stewards, and workers

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Address
One Parkway Building
1515 Arch St., 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email sustainability@phila.gov

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Events

  • Sep
    18
    Philadelphia Tree Tenders Basic Training
    5:45 pm to 9:00 pm
    PHS Headquarters, 100 N. 20th st. Philadelphia, PA

    Philadelphia Tree Tenders Basic Training

    September 18, 2019
    5:45 pm to 9:00 pm, 3 hours
    PHS Headquarters, 100 N. 20th st. Philadelphia, PA
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    Help plant and care for trees in your region, your community, or your yard. Become a PHS Tree Tender! The PHS Tree Tenders® program offers hands-on tree care training for residents of the five-county Philadelphia region. The training covers tree biology, identification, planting, proper care, and working within your community. (Fee: $40)

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  • Sep
    18
    Why You Can't Talk about Climate Without Talking about Race
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
    Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    Why You Can't Talk about Climate Without Talking about Race

    September 18, 2019
    6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hours
    Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
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    A generation ago, Black, Brown, and low-income communities alerted the world to environmental racism: more toxins, fewer jobs, more pollution, and less voice in Black and Brown communities. Today, we’re seeing these same disasters multiplied by climate crisis. On Wednesday, September 18, join POWER’s Climate Justice and Jobs team in looking at Climate Crisis through an anti-racist lens. Join this evening of shared learning, imagining and community building as we envision the possibility of an economy that puts people and the planet first.

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  • Sep
    19
    Exhibition Opening for We All Fall Down: Artists Respond to the Emerald Ash Borer
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Exhibition Opening for We All Fall Down: Artists Respond to the Emerald Ash Borer

    September 19, 2019
    6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, 2 hours
    The opening reception for We All Fall Down will include artist talks in the gallery, refreshments, and a short guided walk to the site-specific works on our trails. This exhibition is a response to a highly invasive insect and its impact on our forests. The emerald ash borer, a beetle native to Asia, arrived in the United States in 2002 but was first seen at the Schuylkill Center in 2018.

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